The scent of this playdough simply embodies fall. It is filled with a rich cinnamon spice aroma that sends a smile across my face. In addition to the great fall scent, the playdough is a great workout for little fingers and hands, building important muscles for motor control while also fostering creativity and sensory development. Here is the recipe for our perfect fall play dough:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp cream of tartar
5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups water
2 tbsp oil
food color (optional)
Combine dry ingredients in a saucepan.
Add liquid ingredients (color as well) and mix well.
Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently until mixture thickens, pulls away from sides of pan and forms a firm ball.
Remove from heat and knead when cool.
Store in an airtight container or zip-close bag.
This recipe is perfect for our focus on the senses. Our toddlers use their eyes to see the color of the dough, their noses to smell the pumpkin pie spice, and their hands to feel the elasticity and texture as they play. Small hands become budding sculptors as they shape and mound the dough. Object permanence manifests as the children hide small objects within. Their wit, humor, and cleverness abounds as they discover the joys of playdough.